[lg policy] Arabic to stay language of future:

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Fri May 6 11:35:35 EDT 2016

 Arabic to stay language of future: Shaikh Mohammed
Filed on May 6, 2016 | Last updated on May 6, 2016 at 06.41 am

Shaikh Mohammed was speaking at the 5th International Conference for Arabic
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Arabic will remain the language of the future, as well as of science and
innovation, thanks to its flexibility and its historic role in different
cultures, said His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum,
Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.

Shaikh Mohammed was speaking at the 5th International Conference for Arabic
Language after he opened the event on Thursday in the presence of Shaikh
Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai, and
Shaikh Maktoum bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai.

"If we look at the history of science, mathematics and medical books, we
will find that many of them were written in Arabic and translated into
other languages. We will also find many Arabic terms that are still in use
in foreign languages. This is because the Arabic language is flexible and
adaptable," Shaikh Mohammed said.

He underlined the responsibility of Arabic language institutions in
updating approaches and developing programmes to foster the use of Arabic
in modern fields.

"We want to see collaboration among these institutions to enable the Arabic
language to regain its past glories and to again become a global language
for culture."

Shaikh Mohammed honoured the winners of the Mohammed bin Rashid Arabic
Language Award during the function. Among the winners the Swiss-based 'Dar
Al Farah' institute was given the award for the best programme to teach
Arabic as a second language.

Saudi Arabia's National Centre for Assessment in Higher Education, won the
award for the category of best initiative to teach Arabic at undergraduate
levels, while UAE's Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalid Al Nahyan Centre won the
award in the Arabic reading category.

Bait Al Lugha, or House of Language, a Lebanon-based centre, won the
category for best smart application to teach Arabic.

Additionally, the award for the best project to develop and publish Arabic
digital content went to Taha Zarougi from Algeria, who launched a project
in Arabic language processes. The categories for best media work in Arabic
and best programme in language policy and planning were won, respectively,
by Idris Jawhar from the Indonesia-based Lisan Arabi website and the King
Abdullah International Centre for Arabic Language.

King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology won the Arabisation category
for best Arabisation and translation project.

A special award was given to the Arab Language Educational, Cultural and
Scientific Organisation (ALECSO) for its efforts to foster Arabic culture
and preserve and develop the language through pilot projects for Arabic

ALCSO Director General Dr Abdullah Muharib received the award.

The awards, launched by Shaikh Mohammed, is the highest accolade given in
appreciation to the efforts of both individuals and organisations in the
fields of Arabic language. It aims to encourage exceptional contributions
in serving the Arabic language and honouring its patrons, along with
highlighting successful and outstanding experiences in disseminating and
educating the public about the Arabic language. -
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